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What are Millipedes?

Millipedes are a type of arthropod that can be found in most regions around the world. They are typically black and have two long antennae on their head.

They spend their whole lives in humid, dark areas like under fallen logs, rocks, and other clutter.

They also live on land and feed mostly on dead plant matter, although some species also eat insects. They may produce sounds as they move to help them find food or mates.

There are many different colors of millipedes, but most people across the world will come in contact with a dark brown, some having red or orange mottled markings.

They are fascinating creatures that have six legs per segment, with two pairs of each leg. They act as scavengers to help rid the environment of decaying vegetation.



Do you have Millipedes in your home or you are not sure? We can handle the identification and get you a solution to your problem quickly.

Millipedes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Millipedes dangerous?

Millipedes are scavengers and feed on decaying vegetation. They do not bite humans, and they do not transmit disease.

They are harmless to most people, but they become a nuisance when they move into our houses in large numbers. This insect living in your home will stain floors if crushed, and can also stain walls or fabrics.

One thing to be aware of is that they can produce a liquid that could result in blisters on the skin. Fortunately, this is not a significant concern, as it's easy to avoid contact with these slow-moving creatures.

Why do I have a Millipede problem?

The dead leaves, mulch, soil, and landscaping ties that are found all around our homes make the perfect habitat for millipedes to thrive.

If the weather outside gets too hot, they will migrate in large groups to find cooler and damper areas of the terrain where they can seek shelter.

They often end up in people's homes when they are seeking a more comfortable habitat.

After moving inside, millipedes seek out damp locations to survive. If they can’t find one, they die very quickly and you have a problem on your hands.

Where will I find Millipedes?

Millipedes live in dark, dank places. Homes with damp basements or leaky pipes are the perfect breeding grounds for millipede infestations because these locations offer a safe environment.

With a leaky pipe, clogged gutters, and other spaces around the house that allow moisture to seep in from outside through your walls.

Exposure to water can create openings in doorways and windows, which enable these insects and other pests to get inside.

They also squeeze their way into houses by finding spaces in walls or gaps under basement doors.

They are a naturally occurring pest that gravitates to areas with high humidity like bathrooms, crawl spaces, and basements. They live in these places because they thrive on moisture - even if it's from the toilet!

How do I get rid of Millipedes?

24h Pest Pros is here for you and we are the best choice to get rid of Millipedes from your home or business!

If you have this insect on your property, we’ll send out one of our professional technicians to get rid of them for you! We offer same-day service with no hidden fees or charges.

Our technicians will come out to your home and identify the problem before using safe methods to remove it from your property. Don’t wait any longer! Call us today.

How can I prevent Millipedes in the future?

Prevent millipede infestation by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Maintain a weed-free environment around the perimeter of buildings, yards, and gardens.
  • Seal cracks in foundation walls that allow them to enter homes or businesses for shelter from the sun.
  • Keep mulch maintained and away from entry points.
  • Be aware of millipede activity when maintaining flower beds or watering gardens.
  • Remove debris, like leaves and logs, that create a moist environment for them to thrive in.
  • Repair any leaky pipes and dripping faucets.
  • Add a barrier between the garden bed and your foundation to prevent them from entering your home.
  • You can prevent them by raking or cutting back tall grass, weeds, and leaf debris around your home.
  • Cut back any overhead shrubbery to help prevent soil from getting wet.
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